Posted on 18 January 2008 by chan
Capoeira estrangeira meu irmao, e mato, capoeira brasileiro meu compadre, e de matar…
Capoeira to foreigners my brother, is just grass, capoeira to the brazilians my friend, is to kill…
How many times have I heard this song and been completely against by this idea.
You know, my mestre always said to me, if you want to be better than the brazilians, it is possible, you should never think it isn’t, all you need to do is train three times harder.
The more I thought about this the more I saw that the world of capoeira is expanding at an enormous rate. The idea of the capoeiristas being better than others purely on the basis that they are brazilian is an old idea slowly coming to an end.
How good a capoeirista is depends on the person themself, not the race, background or social position.
I remember doing a thai boxing seminar with the legendary Ajarn Surachai “Chai” Sirisute, the head of the united states thai boxing association. He always pointed out in his seminars:
“if they can do you can do. We are all the same.”
Everyone has the potential to become something way beyond their means, all you need to do is make that change:
Reach for the stars and believe you can do anything.